There’s nothing like throwing a cocktail-themed party at home.
From appetizers to desserts, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating delicious food around the theme you choose.
A recent trend has been incorporating fresh fruit into cocktails.
This may seem like an odd combination, but the sweet taste of fruits paired with the strong spice from peppers makes this salsa recipe one of our all time favorites.
Try out our habanero mango salsa recipe today!
How Much Habanero Pepper Should Be Used In This Recipe?
The amount of habanero pepper that goes into this recipe will depend on how hot you want the finished product to be.
Start by measuring out 1/4 cup (60 ml) of dried habanero pepper flakes and then add more until you reach the desired level of spiciness.
It might take some experimentation before you find what works best for your palate, so feel free to adjust as necessary.
If you don’t have access to any dried habaneros, you can always use fresh ones instead.
Just make sure they aren’t too ripe since they tend to get bitter if left unripe for long enough.
How Many Mangos Are Needed For This Salsa Recipe?
This recipe will serve about 8 people.
It can easily be doubled if you have more than that on hand.
What Other Ingredients Are Needed For This Recipe?
This recipe calls for four different types of ingredients that make up the main body of the recipe.
The first ingredient is mangos which provide sweetness as well as a nice texture to the dish.
Next we have red bell pepper which provides color and the final two ingredients in the list are jalapeño peppers which add some spicy kick to the dish.
- Mangoes – These tropical fruit contain natural sugars and vitamins A, B1, C, E, K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, folate, copper, zinc, niacin, phosphorous, riboflavin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, biotin, and vitamin D. Mangoes also work to boost metabolism and help regulate blood sugar levels.
- Red Bell Pepper – Red bell peppers are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamins B6, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Folate, Niacin, Phosphorus, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
- Jalapeno Peppers – Jalapeños come packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, and Potassium. They are also known to aid in digestion by releasing enzymes called capsaicins.
Once these three basic components are combined in this recipe, they should yield about 4 cups of finished product.
If you want more, feel free to double the recipe.
How Long Will This Recipe Take To Prepare?
This habanero mango salsa requires some preparation before placing in the fridge.
First off, you need to make the sauce by heating up half of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Once heated, add the onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, agave nectar, salt, pepper, and cinnamon stick.
Cook until the onions just start to get tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining oil, then mix well so that everything gets coated evenly.
Remove the mixture from the stove, set aside, and let cool completely.
Once cooled, transfer the mixture to a blender along with the mangos, tomatoes, orange juice, red onion, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and habañero chili flakes.
Blend on high speed until smooth.
Pour the blended mixture back into the pan and stir thoroughly.
Place the salsa back in the refrigerator overnight so that any flavors can meld together.
How Spicy Should This Recipe Be?
The amount of habañeros in this recipe depends on how hot you want your salsa to be.
If you have sensitive skin, start off by adding only three habañeros for milder flavors.
As you become more comfortable working with hotter ingredients, add up to six habañeros for medium spiciness and seven habañeros for very spicy salsas.
What Is The Best Way To Serve This Salsa?
This salsa can be served as a side dish in its own right, but we recommend serving it alongside some sort of grilled meat.
You could also pair it with chips or crackers for dipping.
If you decide to use it on top of chicken wings, try using it as a marinade instead of basting sauce.
If you want to make this salsa even more special, consider adding cheese to the mix.
Our favorite cheeses include cheddar and mozzarella.
However, if you prefer something different, feel free to experiment with other types of cheeses that compliment the flavors of the ingredients well.
How Long Will This Salsa Last?
This salsa should keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator if properly sealed.
To make sure this salsa remains as flavorful as possible, we recommend using only ripe, juicy ingredients whenever possible.
The more acidic your ingredients are, the faster they start losing their nutrients and vitamins.
The longer your salsa sits on a shelf, the less likely it will be to retain its vibrant color and bright flavors.
If you plan on keeping this salsa for several days before serving, store it in airtight containers instead of plastic bags.
Once opened, cover them tightly with aluminum foil until ready to use.
What Are Some Other Recipes That Can Be Made With Habanero Mango Salsa?
Habanero mango salsa recipe is great for any type of get together where you want something spicy yet refreshing.
It’s also versatile enough to use as a topping on tacos, burgers, chicken wings, or even fish sticks.
Here are just some ideas of how you could put our habanero mango salsa recipe to work in different ways:
- Add it to a salad and top with avocado slices and lime juice for added flair.
- Make a quick guacamole dip using diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, and salt. Drizzle with olive oil and add the chopped jalapeno pepper if desired.
- Use it as a marinade to make grilled chicken breasts, shrimp, or vegetables.
- Slice avocados and serve alongside sliced strawberries along with this habanero mango salsa as a healthy dessert option.
What Are Some Other Foods That Go Well With Habanero Mango Salsa?
If you want more ideas on what goes well with habanero mango salsa, here are some great suggestions.
- Try pairing this salsa with grilled chicken breast marinated in citrus juice, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
- Serve this alongside spicy tacos topped off with shredded cheese, sour cream and diced avocado.
- This salsa works perfectly as a dipping sauce for chips and pretzels.
- You could also pair this salsa with baked potatoes if you want something filling.
What Are Some Tips For Making This Recipe?
The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make.
There are no complicated steps involved in preparing this recipe.
In fact, we found it so simple to follow that even people who aren’t very good cooks could easily prepare this tasty dish.
If you have any questions while following along with the recipe, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments below!
- You can use either fresh or canned mangos if you want. If using fresh, place them on paper towels and pat dry before chopping.
- To chop the tomatoes, cut each tomato in half vertically (through its equator). Then slice off the top third of the tomato.
- Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the seeds.
- Finely dice the flesh of the tomatoes.
- Chop up the onions, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño pepper, salt, and sugar until everything is chopped nicely.
- Add the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño pepper, salt, and sugar to a large bowl. Use your hands to combine thoroughly.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit overnight.
- When ready to serve, add the avocado pieces to the bowl and gently mix everything together.
- Serve immediately.
- 1 garlic clove
- Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 ripe mangoes peeled
- 4 scallions thinly sliced
- 1 habanero chile
- Juice of 2 limes
- Tortilla chips
- Use the flat side of a big knife to finely chop the garlic, season with 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and mash into a thick paste. Combine the cilantro, oil, mango, scallions, habanero, lime juice, and garlic paste. To give the flavors a chance to mingle, set aside for at least 15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping and more salt to taste.